Try to wrap your head around these numbers: 1500 entrants. 750 STRIDER Riders chosen by lottery. Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition convention center with over 215,000 sq. feet.

"I’m super excited to visit Japan in December and be a part of the Japan STRIDER Cup Finals.  Our Japanese Strider distributor, Mr. Okajima and the Mamegyorai team, do an amazing job of running events and the Japanese Strider riders and parents are so enthusiastic that I’m sure this is going to be the biggest and best Strider event I've ever attended.  This will be my first time visiting Japan so after the race, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the sights."  ~Ryan McFarland (Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider)

Japan is where STRIDER Cup started, so it is fitting that Ryan will be there to see the largest STRIDER racing event EVER! December 9th is going to be a crazy day of STRIDER World Cup racing action in Yokohama! Word is that there will be an autograph session as well...luckily James (Int'l business manager) will be along to keep Ryan grounded.

If you happen to be in the Tokyo/Yokohama area come check it out on December 9th. It promises to be a memorable event for all involved! More information can be found HERE (Google Chrome will translate contents for you)

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Published in Around The World

We're looking for your best photos of STRIDER rider(s) group STRIDER Play time! We need group photos of 3 to 6 STRIDER Riders socializing, playing, riding, and just generally enjoying the active outdoor Strider Life for our 2013 Marketing Materials, including the new STRIDER box.

Would you like to see your child's STRIDER group on the ‘2013 STRIDER Box’? Share your photos with the Strider Life community! We will choose 2 group photos from those uploaded and the STRIDER riders will get some cool swag.

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The photos will:

1. The winning photos will be used in Strider's 2013 Marketing Materials, including the 2013 STRIDER box artwork.

2. Each rider in the photo will get a bunch of cool Strider Swag: 1 (each) set of colored grips of their choice, 1 (each) STRIDER World Championship T-shirt, 1 (each) STRIDER bell, 1 (each) STRIDER elbow/knee pad set, & 1 (each) STRIDER bike gloves!

Rules and Regulations:
- - By uploading the image to www.StriderLife.com you are releasing the copyright of the image for use by Strider Sports International, Inc. for promotional purposes in perpetuity.
--By uploading the image to www.StriderLife.com you are acknowledging that you have the consent of the parents of all the children in the photo. All the children must also be sitting on, riding on or standing/sitting next to 1 or more STRIDER bikes in the photo.
- - Individuals may post up to 3 photo entries to be considered.
- - The winning photos will be tallied and notified by 9:30 am MST on 11/12/12.
- - Photos are welcome from all over the globe!

Post Your STRIDER Group Photos Over At www.StriderLife.com Now!

Published in Parents Are Talking
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:32

STRIDER Dealer Spotlight: Hap's Cycle

Hap's

Hap's Cycle is a family owned (2nd generation) and operated shop in Sarasota, Florida. Hap's was founded in 1948 as a Harley dealership and became the 5th Honda dealer in the country when they made the switch in 1961! All of the 22 employees, including the owners Alice, David, & Bob, are bmx and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Ninety year old Uncle Kenny was the first employee hired in 1949. Where is Uncle Kenny today? You can find him driving his convertible Roush Mustang to work or back in the warehouse whipping donuts (we presume) on the company forklift.

In 1974 Alice Bixler got involved with BMX racing with her kids at Sarasota BMX. In 2011 her grandson Gavin competed in the inaugural STRIDER World Championship at the very same track that Alice's kids starting riding at! The entire Hap's cycle crew is excited about the next generation of 2 wheeled enthusiasts!

Gavin-Bixler

This commitment to two wheeled fun, from STRIDER bikes to custom racing motorcycles, is the reason Hap's Cycle Sales is the first installment of the STRIDER Dealer Spotlight!

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Published in Around The World
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 22:35

STRIDER Halloween Fun

Every year we get great photos of little STRIDER Riders dressed up for Halloween. We would love to see more...head over to our facebook page and share away!

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Remember, Always make sure your trick or treater can be seen! Put some reflective tape or clothing on them while they stride from door to door!

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Published in Parents Are Talking

This was broadcast on BBC Breakfast on 20th October 2012 with Mike Bushell, BBC Sports Correspondent talking about the Strider UK & World Cup events in Manchester, UK and the STRIDER World Championships Sarasota, Florida. It also includes an interview with the current UK champion, Ashton Heron (aged 3) and his father Adrian. It was great to meet Ashton and his parents in Florida! Best of luck defending your title.

There are still 2 more chances for the US Strider Riders to race at USA BMX National events this year. The Disney Cup Fall Nationals are taking place in Orlando the 26th-28th of October and the Grand Nationals are November 22-25th. The next UK World Cup event takes place on the BMX Track at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester, UK on Sunday 18th November 2012.

 

Published in In The News
Saturday, 20 October 2012 12:19

Happy STRIDERday: Find Your Greatness!

Here's a reminder from Kai, age 2, to get back in the saddle!

This fun video speaks for itself. Now get outside and "Find Your Greatness"!

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Published in Adventure Striding

2012IMBAWorldSummit
If you're in or near Santa Fe and you love Mountain Bikes as much as we do. Stop by The Santa Fe Convention Center for The 2012 International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit!

Trail and industry experts/advocates (including our very own Kent Jacobs) will be giving speeches on varied subjects from Mountain Bike clinics to how to get the youth excited about bikes.

Kent's presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct 11 during session 1B - Expert Advice on Creating Youth Initiatives.

Santa Fe, New Mexico will provide the backdrop to the 2012 IMBA World Summit. While Santa Fe is known around the world for its art and culture, it is also an incredible mountain biking destination. During the event, nearby trails will stimulate riders of all abilities. Attendees will be encouraged to make it a full week for professional development, rejuvenation, networking and, of course, great riding.

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Published in Our Passionate Staff

After two days focused on STRIDER Racing it's going to be time to rest and relax...Sunday (10/14) is going to be the perfect day for both!

We'll start the day playing at Lido beach right behind The Helmsley Sandcastle (host hotel).  Ride on the beach, Swim, bury Mom and Dad in the sand, and see how far you can coast into the ocean on your STRIDER!

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At 11:00 am we'll gather on the beach for a STRIDER Surf Beach Parade! At 11:30 the STRIDER bike toss is the perfect chance for the bigger kids (aka Mom and Dad) to show off their muscles. Whoever throws the STRIDER bike the farthest gets...BRAGGING RIGHTS for an entire year!

Ride In The Grass, Play At The Park

Between 4:00pm and 6:00pm we'll have trolley's heading to Payne Park. This is a local STRIDER rider favorite with an amazing new playground, grassy hills, and a challenging skate park there's sure to be something for everybody.

At 6:00 we're heading downtown for a STRIDER stroll and Dinner. The trolleys will be picking up STRIDER families at the corner or Lemon and Main St from 8:00 to 9:00pm.

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Published in Strider Events

Greg "the Machine" Hill has been racing BMX since the mid-70's, He wrote a book to teach his BMX skills, and was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame in 1990!

For the second year in a row he will be putting on a STRIDER riding clinic on Day 1 of the STRIDER World Championships! From 2:00pm to 3:00pm on October 12th Greg will be sharing his wealth of knowledge with parents and STRIDER riders.

This is a great chance for parents to help their STRIDER riders understand some of the basic concepts of BMX racing and bike handling. The full schedule of events is up at Strider Life. Please note that parental involvement is important for this event and will be held at Sarasota BMX.

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Published in STRIDER Tech

Mazda Raceway

In July and August Strider traveled to Laguna Seca and Indianapolis to show our bikes to the next generation of MotoGP racers!

The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and Red Bull Indianapolis GP are part of an internationally renowned MotoGP series where the best motorcycle riders from around the world compete for the MotoGP World Championship title. These daring riders provide heart-pumping action while attacking the course in close quarter and knee-dragging fashion. The sound, speed, cheers and action captivates fans young and old!

Thanks to all the STRIDER riders for coming out and to all their parents for bringing them.

We've got some great photos and video highlights from both events:

July 27-29: Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: Flickr Slideshow

August 17-19: Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Flickr Slideshow

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Published in Strider Racing